Meaning of “inadequate” in the English Dictionary

"inadequate" in British English

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inadequateadjective

uk /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwət/ us /ɪˈnæd.ə.kwət/
inadequately
adverb uk /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwət.li/ us /ɪˈnæd.ə.kwət.li/

Our scientific research is inadequately funded.

(Definition of “inadequate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inadequate" in American English

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inadequateadjective

us /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwət/

too low in quality or too small in amount; not enough:

an inadequate income/offer
I feel inadequate when I talk to Miranda about art because she knows so much.
inadequacy
noun [ C/U ] us /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwə·si/

[ C ] She’s frustrated by the inadequacies of language.
inadequately
adverb us /ɪnˈæd·ɪ·kwət·li/

The research is inadequately funded.

(Definition of “inadequate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inadequate" in Business English

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inadequateadjective

uk /ɪˈnædɪkwət/ us

too small in amount:

inadequate funds/incomes/pensions Too many of us are retiring on hopelessly inadequate incomes.

too low in quality:

The report says that long-range spending plans are "inadequate".

(Definition of “inadequate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)